very best place for a child to be is in a family. Unfortunately, there
are many children who cannot safely live with their own family. When
relatives and kin are unable to provide a temporary home, foster parents become
the temporary family. If children are unable to return home, adoptive
parents become their permanent family.
and adopting children who are the victims of child abuse or neglect can bring rewards, challenges, and forever changes to your life! Many
friends and relatives will support you in your decision, while others may think
you have lost your mind!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
of all ages, races and ethnicities need families. Families are especially
needed for teens, sibling groups, and children with behavioral and medical
needs. Each year, November is recognized
as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues
are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children
currently in foster care. The first major effort to promote awareness of the
need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system occurred in
Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Governor
Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and
spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National
Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due
to the number of states participating and the number of events. During the month, states, communities, public
and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate
adoption as a positive way to build families. Across the nation, activities and
observances such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment
campaigns, and special events spotlight the needs of children who need
permanent families. National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of
the more than 250,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving
may be asking yourself: “Why is National Adoption Day so important?”
annual, one-day event makes the dream of nearly 40,000 children come true. National Adoption
Day takes place in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and
Guam - nearly anywhere people are willing to make it happen. National Adoption Day, traditionally takes place on a Saturday, and
is observed in courthouses across the United States as thousands of adoptions
are finalized simultaneously. Saturday, November 17, was National Adoption Day for 2012.
So, what is adoption anyway?
Is it a legal paper with a judge’s signature on it, the incorporation of an
infant or child into someone’s home, or perhaps just a term in the
dictionary? No, adoption is none of
Adoption is born in the heart and lives in the soul.
Adoption is Love.
For information on becoming
a Resource Parent for the Osage Nation, please contact ICW Adoption Specialist
Rebecca Fish at 918-287-5338 or Foster Care/Family Preservation Specialist
Jenny Rush-Buffalohead at 918-287-5629.